I recently returned from my FOURTH trip to Italy in as many years, and from a stay at my FAVORITE place in Florence - Hotel Il Bargellino. This hotel is a most interesting place. It is clean, friendly and very hospitable. The owners, Carmel and Pino, are amazing. On my most recent stay I had hurt my foot and needed several days to stay in or close by to the Hotel. It was like being at home!! Carmel always made sure she had made extra ice so that I could take care of my foot. I have met such interesting people staying at Il Bargellino, people from all over the world, and most of them, like myself come back every opportunity we get. In the evenings many of the hotel guests mingle on the beautiful roof top terrace, sharing food, wine and conversation.
There is a great little place for breakfast and snacks just one block up at the corner of Via Guellfa and Via Nazionale. It is Bar Fibbi. We loved a restaurant Carmel recommended called Ciro and Sons and one Pino recommended a few doors down called Trattoria Guelfa. There was also a great new restaurant just opening across the street that I was able to go to the last night of my stay called Cavolo Nero. Next door to the hotel is an amazing culinary school called Apicius. I was very intrigued by the wonderful aromas coming from the school and I was invited in to see their space. It is spectacular. On one of my stays at Il Bargellino I took a one night cooking class with two of my girlfriends. It was a great way to spend an early evening cooking, conversing and enjoying the fruits of our labor.
Hotel Il Bargellino is a very short walk to the train station, Santa Maria Novella. I have enjoyed many day trips to Rome and Venice by leaving early in the morning and taking the latest train back. I have also kept my room at Il Bargellino and taken short one or two night trips to other locations.
I guess what I want other travellers to know is that this hotel is a perfect place to stay. Not only because of having everything you need so close by but more importantly about the hotel, Carmel, Pino and Leopoldo (their bird). I have never written a review of a hotel, but felt I wanted to put this out there. I have worked customer service at two different locations and I know how good it feels one someone lets you know you've done a good job, so I always make it a point to give good customer reviews at places where I shop or do business - if it is deserved. So, this is my first hotel review and I couldn't be more pleased in passing on the information about this little gem in Florence.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- For up to the minute rates, availability, service, communication and information, direct all reservation enquiries to the hotel/me Carmel Coppola. (instead of using outsourced services) Reach me through our web site or by e-mail which can be found at the top of our Tripadvisor page on the left. Ours is a small, family owned and run hotel and I reply personally to all queries. We're ideally situated in a residential neighborhood of the San Lorenzo area with-in Florence's historic center and walls and with-in short walking distance to shopping, dining, all major tourist sites, markets and the main station "Santa Maria Novella". All guests have access to our enormous terrace. Free WiFi and appliances, e.g. hair dryer, fan, coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave etc. are available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Il Bargellino Hotel
- Il Bargellino Florence